Monday, December 8, 2014

The World's Oddest Public Loo

I have wanted to photograph the loo at Higgs Beach in a  very long time. However every time I have tried I have ended up skulking around like someone loitering with intent to commit acts of gross indecency, and have thus found myself unable to show off the really unusual architecture of this modest structure.
Why anyone sat down and decided the best possible shape for a combined men's loo and a women's loo would be circular I cannot possibly say. However it was an inspired choice as the interior accommodations have required some inspired angular compromises.
Photos rapidly snapped in here end up looking more like cubist abstract  art with lines going off at angles apparently randomly.  Yet each rounded corner, each flat surface is used to maximum effect to best use the awkward spaces.
The sad fact is that Higgs Beach, a county park within the city, is a hang out for bums especially in winter when the snowbird residentially challenged show up to enjoy a frost-free winter, and the rest rooms have been known to end up functioning as showers and changing rooms and even parking places. The beach is patrolled by a Sheriff's Deputy most days so this place's proper function has been restored.
On the whole county staff do a decent job of keeping the place clean and usable, a Sisyphean task if ever there was one. 
I  went to the loo to use them but found they were unusually deserted partly I suspect because the whole area was fenced off for another of those tedious spandex sporting events that block portions of the city and highway periodically in winter as active people from Up North come down to show off their spandex covered bottoms in feats of endurance that in my opinion violate the ethics of a properly enervated tropical lifestyle.
 Anyway finding myself alone I got the camera out and took surreptitious photos right and left like Aldrich Ames on a busy day at work.
As you can see from my spy shots this bathroom is a positive warren of cubby holes and dead ends, the nearest thing you will find to a proper maze in Key West.
 Yes, I know it's just a public bathroom, of which there aren't enough anyway in Key West, but I love the weird rounded walls, the whirring of the giant extractor fan...
 ...the peculiar shade of battleship gray paint, left over it seems like from some military project.
 Skirt the bums, step decisively and check out the world's oddest public loo.
At last, pictures taken, a project on hold for at least six of the last seven years. And no one even noticed me. Thank God.


Trobairitz said...

I don't think I've ever seen a round loo like that before. Thanks for skulking about to get the pics.

Conchscooter said...

I am going to make it a tourist attraction.

Garythetourist said...

Please stop publishing essays about these KW hidden gems. Now the word is out and all the tourists will be flocking to the Higgs Beach public loo and the crowds will come and there will always be a line and all the best urinals will be taken by some dork from North Dakota with a Nikon around his neck and the Conch Train will make the KW public loo a regular stop and Tripadvisor will give it 4 stars and once again we call some place "paradise" and we will kiss it goodbye.
On the other hand, never mind, maybe I just had an extra glass of wine with dinner.

Conchscooter said...

Yup, paving over Paradise. Ain't it great?
Most of the dorks actually come from Tennessee...blount county as I recall where the rental cars are.

Conchscooter said...

And these stupid number verifications came without asking me and I can;t get rid of them and they make me crazy. grr